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for the obama administration to release intelligence backing its claims. we have fox team coverage tonight. fox news military analyst, jennifer griffin at the pentagon, what we know about possible tactics. we begin with chief white house correspondent ed henry on where things stand now. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. at this hour, the president is huddled in meetings whether to inch closer to military action, amid questions whether he will do something he railed against in 2008, acting unilaterally. as syrian officials -- biden joined the officials saying action is imminent. >> national security is strengthened. we will hold accountable those who violate international norms. >> reporter: two years ago this month president obama called for syrian president bashar al-assad to go. today, white house officials declared the objective of any possible military action would not be to drive the dictator from power. >> the options are not about regime change, they're about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> repor
international response is needed. while the house said today that president obama is still weighing what ha response will be, it does not include regime change. >> the options that we are considering are not about regime change. they are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. mass death, the killing of innocent women and children, has to be responded to. >> however, even as it made its case, the white house said there is no military solution to syria, only a political one. let's get right to nbc chief white house correspondent chuck todd, host of the daily rundown. we're still hearing the white house say they are mulling and considering action. is your read right now the idea of military strikes is pretty much a done deal? >> it's not about if. it's about what kind i have strike is it going to be. if there is a debate that's left that's being had inside the administration, joy, it has to do with, okay, if you do this, are you going to hit them hard enough he doesn't do it again. if he does use chemical weapons again, ar
his incredible story of bravery. >>> plus, president obama's likely nominee for new fed head. >>> a major dogfighting ring busted. >>> and marking 50 years since this man and his message changed the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, august 27th. >>> very good morning. i'm richard lui. secretary of state john kerry saying the evidence is clear and the amount of human suffering undeniable. >> it defies any code of morality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> the u.n. is getting closer to confirming whether the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people. nbc's ayman moyheldin is live in cairo for us on this tuesday. we're hearing syria's foreign minister saying the u.n. inspector's second trip to the alleged site has been delayed. there is that and then the question of a timeline on potential military action. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, that foreign minister press con
. >> white house officials say that president obama has not decided how to respond, onlt that the president has decided the u.s. will respond. and according to pentagon officials that reaction could come within days. we begin in damascus. we're joined by a freelance reporter via telephone. we are not identifying her for her safety. >> reporter: it's a very mixed reaction, some people are angry at the syrian government for letting things come to this. one woman was saying why can't assad just step down already. it's clear he has become an excuse for the west to attack us. a lot of whether they are pro or anti-syrian government, they are very worried. i hear a lot of people referencing iraq. one man who supports the strike was saying that if they hit civilian targets like in iraq or against libya, then thousands of syrians could be at risk. you know, that's not something they want to deal with in addition to what they have already dealt with for two and a half years. and then there are those that say let's say we have the strike then what? >> what has the discussion been like in damascus betw
that happen again. so the word went forward to three dozen states that the best way to keep future obamas out of the white house is to keep african-americans and young people who don't think that much about race out of the voting booth. a couple more things. got to kill any evidence we ever had an african-american president. got to get that obama care off the books. ted cruz will shut down the u.s. government to get that job done. finally, why not? let's impeach the guy. let's run him out of town on a rail. let's tar and feather him. let's really mess up that record by putting the word into the history books, there was talk of impeachment on his watch, even if they can't find a reason for it, unless it's one big fat reason everyone sees. it's the number on his back, 44. how do way get into the books that this guy really wasn't president? if we can't convince people he came from africa, can't kill the african-american vote that elected him, can't kill his historic accomplishment in health care, let's bring him up on charges. let's string him up, boys, so nobody will ever say he was president,
. he has done it to damascus, now he is doing it here. president obama today drew a red line here at home. any republican who tries to bring this country into the default, fails to pay interest on the national debt is the enemy. there will be no deals, the president says, no talks, no schmoozes, no bedtime stories, no nothing. you are cut off. america will pay its debts. it will not default. it will not destroy its credit in the world. and you can threaten. you can scream and yell, but the united states government will not fail in the bankruptcy because of this economic terrorism you on the right purport to be a political philosophy. well, the secretary of the treasury said it less dramatically this morning, but said it just as clearly. any attempt by the right wing to threaten this country with national default will be met with the strongest response, no deals. bashar al assad in damascus, but against those in this country who would jeopardize the country's financial strength. joining me right now are two political pros, democrat steve mcmahon, and republican john fayry. treasury
and chemical weapons and what president obama is planning to do about it. >> the obama administration says there is very little doubt -- >> we believe there is very little doubt about culpability. >> the syrian government used chemical weapons. >> did a chemical weapons attack occur? >> what is before us today is real. >> the answer to that question is yes. >> president obama is weighing military options against syria. >> i have no affection for mr. assad. >> there is no solution as we have long made clear that includes assad. >> but at the same time i am less sure of the resistance. >> in that sense there's a big worry. >> should they let this chemical attack go unanswered? >> i do think action is going to occur. >> this morning a team of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors arrived in damascus. >> shots were fired at the u.n. team inside syria. >> their vehicle was deliberately shot at by unidentified snipers. >> the u.n. investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons. >> the question remains what might the intervention look like? >> it's very, very complicated. >> i don't
president obama took the oath of office, hasn't it? he's a socialist, a communist, he's a marxist, we've heard it all. low information voters are buying this stuff. what's really bad about it all as we go into year six of president obama, now this white consecutive movement is starting to infiltrate into the legislative process in america and we sit here silent about it? i will not. this is dangerous for the country. and it needs to be directly addressed. governor dalrimble, own up, dude. do you want this stuff in your backyard in leaf, north dakota? is that the north dakota way? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. will conservatives have the character to condemn racism in america. text to 67622. go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. we'll bring you the results later on in the show. for more, let's turn to hillary shelten of the naacp and ohio state senator nina turner. >> mr. shelton, it has been 50 years since the march on washington. we all want to feel like we're moving forward. but when stories like this prop up, when i go to alabama and hear these comments, i thin
, beck, or o'reilly. >> my contention is that the obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse. and this is how a country declines. this is how we become a weak nation. >> so if you need food stamps, you're a parasite. that wasn't exactly his language when he supported billions of dollars to bail out bankers in need. but this is the heartless talk we keep hearing from the right. and bill o'reilly is hardly alone. tea party senator rand paul is comparing the use of food stamps to slavery. in an interview he said access to food and water is not a right, because, quote, once you conscript people and say oh, it's a right, then really you're in charge. it's servitude. you're in charge of me, and i'm supposed to do whatever you want to tell me to do. so if you take food stamps, you're accepting servitude. senator, what about if you're hungry? and it doesn't stop at food stamps. here is what republican congressman dave joyce was caught on tape saying about the unemployed. >> there's three million jobs every month in this coun
president obama first call for the syrian president to go to although today white house officials declared the objective of any possible military action is not to drive the dictator from power. >> what we are considering -- considering is not about regime change responding to clear violation of the international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> leading republicans to demand what the mission is. >> i hope it is not putting in some cruise missiles. he interoffice railing against the unilateralism against bush and cheney as the boston globe gave written questions one focused if the president could call my rig without authorization from congress. senator obama said the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. >> candidate obama said in actual or imminent threat. do believe that exist right now to the united states? >> i believe absolutely allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place, without a respo
in the state's history. president obama, he's chimed in pledging full support. >>> another battle over the debt ceiling is looming on capitol hill. the treasury department announced it would hit its borrowing limit in mid october and not be able to pay all of its bills soon after that time. congress and the white house are still far apart, as you might imagine, on a solution. treasury secretary jack lew sent a letter to congressional leaders saying a failure to raise the limit could, quote, undermine financial markets and have significant disruptions to our economy. >>> from the debt battle to the fight over president obama's health care law. we are talking about it yet again. according to the law, they're planning a defunding rally on september the 10th. that's three weeks before millions can start enrolling in coverage. republican senator ted cruz and rand paul and mike lee will head the event which is being organized by tea party groups. pressure is mounting. the latest target, republican leader mitch mcconnell. the conservative fund is spending 50,000 bucks on a 60 second video. the group i
the site of the suspected chemical attack there after their vehicle was hit by sniper fire. >>> the obama administration considering how to respond to what it is calling undeniable use of chemical weapons in syria. the secretary of state said the attack was a moral obscenity, and said all signs point to the assad regime. >>> the nation's biggest forest fire is now threating more than 4500 structures in california. >>> the military trial of nidal hassan now in its sentencing phase. he was found guilty of killing 13 people in 2009. >>> students and teachers wrapped up their first day of school in chicago. some parents are complaining students are forced to walk through crime areas in chicago because of school closures. >>> those are the headlines. "consider this" is next on al jazeera. i'll see you back here at 11:00 eastern time. and you can always get the latest online at aljazeera.com. ♪ ♪ >>> america inching toward action in syria. president obama, and secretary of state kerry are weighing the options as the world waits. if the u.s. does intervene what would the cost be financially
, well, that's still out of control. oh, and on top of that obama care is weeks away, it is the perfect storm, but who is steering the ship? anyone? former congressman alan west joins us, good evening. >> how are you doing, greta? >> big overall question, do you think washington is listening to the american people? >> no, i don't think so. i think that washington, d.c. is very comfortable. somewhat insulated when you cross the potomac river you come into a different word. when you look at the fact there is no big problem with unemployment in washington, d.c. no big problem with the real estate market. there's no big problem with salaries in washington, d.c. business is good in washington, d.c. it's bad outside of the beltway. so you're right. here we are coming up on $17 trillion of debt and so we're going to hit the debt limit again. have to figure out how to fund the government. another short-term measurement because they didn't get the appropriations bill done and worry about the obama care exchanges kicking in the 1st of october. and it's -- the american people are starting to say w
. eastern mexico. ♪ ♪ >> the obama administration says there is a sense of urgency facing the ongoing crisis in syria. the white house postpone aid meeting with russia scheduled for we understand it wants to weigh its response to a chemical weapons attack by syria. john kerry said there is little doubt the a sad regime is behind the attack. exactly what military options are the u.s. wearing? >> reporter: it was the strongest condemnation yet from the administration. >> what we saw in syria last week should shot the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morale at this. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, and innocent by standsers, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> reporter: as horrific em are images of death and suffering continue to stream out of syria. president obama met with top advisors at the white house. and had calls with british prime minister david cameron and french leader to discuss options. now kerry says the syrian regime will pay a price. >> president obama believes that there must being accountabili
killers. later, donald trump gets hit with a $40 million lawsuit. and he thinks president obama is behind it. those stories and more ahead on the five. >>> welcome back to the five, last week we told you about the shocking murder of a world war ii vet in washington state. overnight, police in spokane, arrested a second 16-year-old wanted for the beating death of 88-year-old albert belten. the other suspect surrendered to authorities on thursday. here's the police chief earlier today. >> today i would like to asure our community that the two individuals we believe were responsible for the robbery and murder of mr. belten had been taken into custody. i would like to make it very clear, the motive for this attack was robbery. race was not a factor. additionally, there was no gang activity that was associated with this incident. >> really a tragic case. you see the senseless beating of a veteran, a man, you know, up in his years, 88 years of age, it's awful. >> it's terrible. you see the police chief from the spokane police department, and the grandson of shorty beller man said, that's fantas
. lou: confident in her assessment that syria had already crossed that red line. the obama administration and responded. until a few ments later when she offered up this blatant contradiction. >> we still believe that they don't have the capability to use chemical weapons. th is not changed. again, looking into the fts on the ground. there's no reason if there is nothing to hide for the regime not to let t investigative team a. lou: what is going on? the statements tested department is not seem to know either way. president obama announced after that he has directed intelligence agencies t find out what happened. again, joining us now, fox news military analyst. let's turn first if we make to this confusing series of remarks by the state department in which they have one moment have a knowledge that they believe there is chemical weapons available to the president, he has used them and within moments the spokesperson saying that they don't know whether he has them and doubt that he does. even as the president says he is a signing that question to our intelligence agencies.
that the use of chemical weapons, the use of these banned weapons by this regime is something that the obama administration absolutely must react to. again, i don't think the obama administration is interested in leading the american people into a long-term war, nor does anyone in the obama administration really believe that airstrikes will somehow embolden or sustain the opposition, the rebel sources such that they could somehow march on damascus and throw assad out. so i think we are looking at something that's probably more limited and probably more punitive in nature. >> what about the divisions in the administration? the head of the joint chiefs, general martin dempsey has been very wary about getting involved in syria. today, he was in jordan, which is one place where american planes may stage, if there is any kind of american strikes, they may be flying from jordan. on the other hand, we have secretary of state, john kerry. we heard him earlier. chris talked about the words he was using for force. let's listen to more of what he had to say >> president obama has been in close touch wi
obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> there must be accountability. earlier today, a six-car convoy carrying u.n. weapons inspectors was attacked by sniper fire. no one was hurt, but the u.n. team was forced to return to a government checkpoint. the team replaced their damaged car, proceeded to the damascus suburb to complete their investigation. the team visited two hospitals and interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors and collected samples. last week's attack killed 355 people and about 3,600 more survivors were treated for neurotoxic symptoms, according to doctors without borders. secretary kerry made clear today the consensus has been achieved among intelligence agencies and allies that chemical weapons were used. they were deployed by the regime and killed hundreds of people. kerry said further information will be provided in the days ahead. kerry also noted syrian government was given a chance to be transparent. >> instead, for five days, the syrian regime refused
couple of days where the russians already know for days it was the rebels and obama has known for days that it was assad. >> in the german parliament, which opposes military intervention, what do you think and be done to stop the fighting in syria? >> the fighting ends when all the parties come together and negotiate a truce. they have been trying for months to get all the parties within syria to the table in geneva to negotiate and it is not working. i have the slight hope that the massacre from last week, that it might be the tipping point where now all the parties are willing to discuss a peace agreement. but if that is not going to happen, i'm afraid we will see internationalization of the conflict and that will be a dramatic disaster. >> former u.n. inspector in member of german parliament -- thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> he has warned that strikes on syria could unleash a chain reaction that could sweep the region. >> restraint and caution are the watchwords in berlin. >> the german government has yet to blame anyone for the alleged chemical weapons attack.
missiles. >> obama orders a report justifying a strike as assad tell s america, you will fail. >>> also, yosemite tinderbox. firefighters replace tourists as thousands race to save an american treasure. >> oh, my god. >> this morning, condition critical. new concerns for the largest trees on earth, california's beautiful sequoias. have they met their match? >>> plus, extreme heat shutting down schools in the midwest. temperatures soaring well above 100. >> it's just really hot, and it's just hard because we're sweating and stuff like that. >> classes cancelled, practice postponed. relief not coming at least until the weekend. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in syria and late developments on the possibility of u.s. military strikes. just minutes ago, we learned that defense secretary chuck hagel told the bbc the united states is ready to go if president obama orders an attack on syria. and that's not the only new development. within the last hour, we've learned of a u.s. intelligence report that's abou
today is real and it is compelling. president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> so what's the reaction from syria? cnn's fred pleitgen has rare, inside access to damascus and cnn is the only western television network in damascus right now. hi, fred. tell us, quhas the reaction from the ground there? >> reporter: hi, jessica. you know, the syrian government hi, fred. tell us, quhas the reaction from the ground there? >> reporter: hi, jessica. you know, the syrian government hasn't put out statements after kerry's speech but they're reacting and you can certainly see they're at least hearing the message. when's going on is the foreign minister of the country called for a press conference for tomorrow 1:00 p.m. local time and you can see the government reacting. president bashar al assad said in a russian newspaper it was ludicrous to assume that the forces would have used chemical lines on the front lines saying they would have gassed themselves. the u.s. isn't buying that. o
on internationally as i am about what barack obama and his administration are doing domestically. why do i say that? one of the most memorable days of my life was 9/11 when after the planes struck the world trade center in new york, i was in my west wing office, working with my speech writer, and some of the staff gathered around when word came down that there had been an attack in new york and shortly after that the door to my office burst open, one of my secret service agents came in, he was sitting down in a chair, and he said, sir, we are leaving now. he did not ask. he did not ask if it was ok with me. he grabbed me with one hand and propelled me out the door and down the stairs, headed for the emergency operation bunker underneath the white house. he got part way down there, got into a tunnel, and he told me the reason they had effectuated evacuated me was because there was a hijacked aircraft that have been reported by dulles, headed towards crown. that was american flight 77 that went into the pentagon. what emerged out of that whole day obviously was not a terrorist act, it was not a law e
evidence and now, of course, what comes next, barack obama is now moving closer to military strike. "boston globe" also talking about a coming military strike. it looks like it's probably going to happen. let's get to news. >> top u.s. officials now say chemical weapons were used in da masses cas and the president is considering a limited military strike on select targets inside the country. yesterday u.n. inspectors visited the site of the attacks and though low expectations for what their probe will uncover, secretary of state john kerry says there is little doubt as to what happened there. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the contents of the world. p it defies any code of more reality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. the reported number of victims the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations, these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us, is real
the evidence is screaming at us that chemical weapons were used in syria and he said president obama believes there must be accountability. it is the latest sign that the administration is preparing a military strike against the assad regime. kerry said that he had looked again at the pictures that we all saw last week of the victims of the attack-- many of them children-- and he can't get them out of his head. here is some of what have the secretary had to say. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morality. let me be clear: the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard it is inexcusable and, despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is the undeniable. >> pelley: we asked david martin at the pentagon to tell us more about the military operations. >> reporter: the words secretary of state used and the force with which he delivered them left little doubt the u.s. will soon strike syria. >> presid
" this morning. obama weighing limiting strike on syria. they say the president is wearing a strike syria that would be a limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for serious use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent while keeping the u.s. out of deeper involvement in that country possible war. this according to senior administration officials. the timing of such an attack which would probably last no more than two days and involve -- lawrence cruise missiles and involve see launch cruise is dependent on three factors. completion of an intelligence report assessing syrian government culpability in last week's chemical attack, ongoing consultation with allies in congress, and a determination of the justification under international law. scott wilson joins us by phone now. he is white house bureau chief for the washington post. good morning. insight can you put forth this morning guest: on the administration's thinking it is notbut syria only a matter of if like you and tot how and when what extent they're going to do this. if it is going to be a symbolic punishment as w
department official telling fox news not a matter of but when the obama administration leaving no doubt that american armed forces can easily hit targets inside syria. military officials telling fox that planned operations may include the use of cruise missiles or possibly even stealth bombers. over the next couple of hours we'll have extensive coverage and analysis about thetial american intervention in this crisis and moments from now, we'll go live to the middle east for a report. but first, right now, brand new stories and arizona inmate taking the witness stand in the trial of a fellow prisoner. >> accuse of brutal murder of a oklahoma couple. how credible is a prisoner as a witness? should prosecutors depend on inmates to prove their case? >>> plus the ongoing protests in wisconsin's capitol turning violent when police tackle and restrain a demonstrator. the question is, did they go too far? >>> reality star kate gosselin reportedly suing her ex-husband what he did to get dirt on her for a tell-all book. it is all "happening now." you're intrigued i see. >> sounds juicy to me. art
received our highest honor. we'll tell you his incredible story of bravery. >>> plus, president obama's likely nominee for new fed head. a major dog fighting ring busted and marking 50 years since this man and his message changed the world. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. secretary of state john kerry says the evidence is clear. the man mouth human suffering undeniable. >> it defies any code of morality. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral on sce obscenity. >> ayman mohyeldin is live in cairo. >> reporter: the u.n. inspection team will head back out into the eastern part of damascus where they completed their first day yesterday. now as we were talking about it earlier, they did meet with eye witnesses, interview some of the patients that were being treated for alleged chemical weapons symptoms. they were also able to collect samples from in and around the area. it's not yet clear whether or not they're going to make their findings public, but a lot of people
government will pay. >> president obama believe there is must be accountability for those who would eyes the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: president obama kept to his schedule awarding a medal of honor and every indication says he'll order u.s. military action against sear you. options are sending in u.s. fighters or yierzing cruise missiles or both. u.n. inspectors in syria were shot at but finally allowed to the scenes of the two suspected chemical weapons attacks. experts worry so much time has passed any tests might be inconclusive. but some kind of military action seems sure to be ordered by the commander-in-chief. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> nbc news will have team coverage of the situation in syria including reports from the region and political pressure facing president obama here at 5:30. >> i'm maryann favreau where investigators warn you not to fall for scam artists warning to look for poisonous snakes. >> ladies and gentlemen, take the time to learn about the invisible wounds of war. >> a soldier with
? >> george: yes. >> wendy: thanks for that story. coming up, egyptians in america call on the obama administration to take action. why they want the u.s. to drop its support for the muslim brotherhood. >> george: and welcome back to christian world news. the crisis in egypt is far from over. the military has arrested most of the top leaders of the muslim brotherhood. meanwhile christians are still laying low after radical islamists attacked their homes, businesses, and churches. gary lane has had story. [yelling] >> reporter: scenes like his of churches burning across egypt should have manufacturer happened. am moisturamnesty said in a statement, in the current political standoff, both the egyptian authorities and the leadership of the muslim brotherhood have shamefully failed to prevent and stop actors on coptic christians. at least 60 churches were attacked, along with christian schools, homes, and businesses. the army escalated their crackdown on the muslim brotherhood, by arresting mohamed badie for e ensitement for murder. >> the brotherhood operates as a coalition on all level
♪ ♪ >> make no mistake, president barack obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons. >> tough talk on chemical weapons as the u.s. edges closer to military action against syria. ♪ >>> hello. welcome to doha with the world news from al jazeera. also in this program, palestinians call off talks with israel after soldiers shoot dead three palestinians at a refugee camp. >>> a huge wildfire rages on in california, now threatening the san francisco water supply. >>> taking a holiday in space, a dream for many but it could soon become an affordable reality for the rich. >>> military intervention in syria is now a step closer, the u.s. and some european states are considering using force in response to a recent gas attack. hundreds died in the incident last week in damascus. the u.s. secretary of state says that he believes there is no doubt that the assad regime used chemical weapons. we have the latest next. >> reporter: these horrific pictures of the aftermath of recent attacks have, after more than two years of war in syria,
if president obama orders attacks on syria. that's according to chuck hagel. we'll look at the military options straight ahead. >>> political scandal in brazil forces the minister to resign. we'll tell you why it's latin america's version of edward snowden. >>> would you pay extra to make sure no kids sit next to you on plane. another airline giving you that option. i'm suzanne malveaux. >> i'm richard quest. >> the u.s. military is waiting for the go ahead from the president. it could happen at any moment. what we're not seeing today is inspections of the areas where hundreds of syrians were allegedly gassed to death. u.n. experts were prepared to visit second neighborhood. >> that was until the u.s. chief was seen leaving their hotel in damascus earlier today. they were not wearing their protective gear and were not joined by other members of the team. syria's government cancelled the inspections because of security concerns. remember, the teams on the scene yesterday even after their convoy was fired upon by snipers. the experts worry chemical evidence have already dissipated since last week
obama says he's not going to negotiate on this. he wants a clean bill, raise the debt ceiling, no other issues on the table, no strings attached. just let me borrow more by october so i can pay the bills. that's the statement from president obama no negotiations. that's not going down very well on wall street. they look at this and say here we go again and the dow jones average will open about 120 points down in part because of that no negotiation position from the president. martha: we know from history republicans will come back and say they want to see spending cuts to pass this through. why do you think the president is so intractable on this issue? >> it's possible he thinks if there is a government shutdown over the debt ceiling issue then the president wins politically and the republicans as they have in the past lose politically so he's saying go ahead, shut it down. the market is concerned about the syrian situation and again about another debt crisis 50 days away. martha: there are oil concerns percolating in the market and we'll talk about those a couple minutes away. and a v
>> we are out of time. >> we begin today. president obama orders an attack on syria. the white house is holding a briefing at this hour as the war rhetoric heats up. our forces are ready for action. it could involve the c- launched cruise missiles on target and the u.s. had four navy destroyers in the area and each up to carrying 90 tomahawk missiles. it is near damascus. and the un citing security reasons. snipers attacked the convoy and left bullet holes in one of the vehicles and furnishly no one was hurt and all of this comes as we learn more about last wednesday's attack and the warning is the next week's video is tough to watch. thousands of sick and dying flooded the hospitals there and mouths were foaming and many of them could not breathe. doctors worked frantically trying to get patients antidote and within a few hours they ran out. doctors describe the scone it was like something out of an horror movie. the doting toll is at 355. leland viter is reporting out of the mideast bureau. >> the war drones are louder and louder. they believe that the syrian regime used chem
. the latest on the crisis in syria and it appears that president obama may be ready to make a military move there. that's because he has reportedly ordered a declassified report justifying a strike there. kelly wright has the latest for us. >> reporter: it's very serious indeed. the united states says the chemical attack sun denile. president obama therefore is indicating that he may order a military strike against syria to punish the regime for crossing the so-called red line, inflicting harm on its own people by using the world's most heinous weapons. john kerry says the attack goes beyond the conflict in syria. he says serious actions to use chemical weapons should shock the conscience of the world. >> let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard, it is inexcusable and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. >> reporter: in fact u.n. inspectors on the ground in syria had to take cover as some snipers fired on one of th
. is it fair to say that president obama is not going to recall congress to seek some type of similar measure before proceeding? >> first of all, i don't want to engage in speculation about a course of action that's not been decided upon. when the president has an announcement to make, he'll make it. as this process is undertaken, we're consulting directly with house and senate leaders in congress. we're consulting with the leadership of relevant committees and other members who have a keen interest in this manner. i think you've seen that documents by some members who have spoken to it. that process will continue. we think it's important that the consultation process take place in a matter like this at such gravity. we're also as we have made clear engaging with our international partners as a substantial list of communications that the secretary of state has had and the president has had consultations with canadian prime minister harper today and in recent days with british prime minister. i would anticipate the president will continue to make calls to his counterparts throughout the week.
, but that could change at any moment. until then, president obama continues to craft an international coalition, today getting a big boost from the arab league, which blamed the attack on the syrian government and called for justice. the administration is also consulting with congressional lawmakers still currently in august recess. nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us live now from cairo, where he covers that story for us. ayman, has there been any reaction from the region about the news of a possible attack as early as thursday? >> reporter: there has been a general reaction from the syrian government and certainly from its allies in the region, most notably iran, which has come out and said that any attack on the syrian government or syrian territory would result in a war across the region that would not end favorably for the united states or its allies. meanwhile here in cairo, the arab league today sending a strong note of condemnation against the syrian government, for whom they hold responsible for the chemical weapons attack. more importantly, we've heard from other countries that have expres
secretary jack lew on cnbc this morning said president obama will not negotiate over the debt ceiling bill and now it looks like a battle royal is brewing in washington, d.c. these stories and many more coming up in "the kudlow report" beginning right now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." in a major developing story, nbc news is reporting a strike against syria could come as early as thursday. aids say president obama and no longer questions if the syrian government used chemical weapons. the questions are what will the u.s. do and with who's help. nbc's richard engel joins us now from the turkey/syria border with all the latest details. good evening, richard. >> reporter: larry, syria is showing no signs by being deterred of all of this talk of military action. in fact, just yesterday there was another attack that rebels say used chemical agents. a white phosphorous attack that doctors say killed at least 12 people. white phosphorous technically isn't a chemical weapon, but it is illegal if it's used to kill people. it's a burning agent, a burning
, well, here is "the washington post," obama weighs limited military strike on syria. "usa today," u.s. moves closer to military action. politico, syria poses first big test for second term. i want to bring in nbc news pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. what are you learning? >> reporter: u.s. military officials and other u.s. officials stress while the president officially hasn't given the order yet to launch any kind of military strikes against syria, the possibility for those strikes to begin opens up that -- that window opens up as early as thursday and could extend into the weekend, into early next week. . i can tell you that u.s. officials are say if the u.s. decides to launch military strikes against syria, those strikes, which would come from four guided missile destroyers in the mediterranean launching cruise missiles at designated specific limit targets there in syria could go on for three days because after the first wave, they have to take a look, see, battle damage assessment and figure awe ow what they have may have missed and go back to strike. i can tell you off
this 10-year-old a message she said she had for president obama. >> translator: does he want his kids to be like us? aren't we just like them? when we get bigger, we are going to write, "obama didn't help us" she said. secretary kerry made it clear today the u.s. wants to help. and is preparing to act. >> the images of entire families dead in their beds, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass. >> reporter: the syrian regime denies it ever used chemical weapons. syrian rebels tell us that assad has used them at least 30 times since this war began and this latest case was just the most flagrant. lester? >> richard engel in turkey tonight, thanks. >>> there is some late developments out of washington regarding possible u.s. action against syria. andrea mitchell our chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, what are you hearing tonight? >> reporter: officials are telling me, lester, they're going to provide intelligence
through yosemite national park in california. >>> and challenges facing the nation's schools. >> the obama administration displayed a new sense of urgency the final decision on a u.s. response will be made by the commander in chief itself. this ceremony was honoring the members of his military fighting it. obama was always cautious on the subject of syria. >> possible military options against syria. now navy officials have said that there are four destroyers from the sixth fleet in the eastern mediterranean sea. these ships are armed with guided is missiles. , each led by an aircraft carrier and supported by destroyers a submarine and supply ships. >>> and earlier this year the u.s. left several f-16 jets in jordan following military exercises. the u.s. operates two air bases in turkey which can be used at any time in the future in an attack. >>> joining us now is lawrence corb, the senior fellow at the association for military progress. mr. corb thank you for joining us. >> nice to be with you. >> what option he are on the table for the american government? >> the option is they have to d
progress. the fire's up 20% contained. president obama and governor brown are involved. the governor toured the area today. president obama called governor brown yesterday, offering federal support if needed. richard sharp is near the fire line. we hear about the damage and the fire. tonight, we hear about the people. >> reporter: the last drop of the day for this tanker, before darkness forces the tanker away from the fire line. during the night, crews on the ground try to contain the flames. people watch the helicopters fortify the fire breaks this afternoon. saying the smoke from the fire is affecting them. >> in the morning, heavy, thick smoke. hard to breathe. >> reporter: along highway 108, people watch the fire creep closer. diana lives nearby. her son and expectant wife live closer to the fire line. does it make you nervous? >> very nervous. for them. >> reporter: helicopters fill the sky. for helicopters can make quicker trips. that helicopter right there is called a sky crane. they're coming in cycles because the fire is just over the hill. we look, there's another one, right ther
. >>> tonight, the obama administration is considering military action against syria. evidence strongly indicates chemical weapons were used. >> the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders is a inhumanbele. >> many of his relatives in syria have already escaped to egypt, lebanon and the u.s. >> my uncle was shot by a sniper. they have no mercy. >> the syrian-american hopes president obama will help the regime fight the syrian president. >> what kind of action can we expect from the u.s.? senior administration officials say something with a coalition of allies without putting the troops in ground. >> tear ready to launch cruise missiles hours after president obama gives the call. they could fire at night and a.m. at military command center -- at night and use the military command center. >> steven zunis says a military strike is riddled with problems. >> a military intervention will not likely speed the end of the regime given the opposition, given some hard line extremist groups. reports are that he has deliberately placed them in highly populated civilian areas. >> americ
.com. you'll also find interactive maps. >> tonight, the obama administration is considering military action against syria. secretary of state, john kerry, says evidence strongly i. cats that chemical weapons were used in an attack last week that killed hundreds of people. >> the slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is an obscenity. >> the white house is discussing options with congressional leaders and the pentagon. kpix5 talked to syrian americans and takes a look at the options for military strike. >> this is jugs all the stuff you see every day. >> many of the relatives in syria have escaped to egypt, lebanon, and the u.s., safe from syria's civil war and threat of chemical weapons. >> my last uncle was shot by a government sniper. he was 72 years old. he wasn't protesting. he just -- they just did it. they have no mercy. >> the syrian american hopes that president obama will help the opposition fight syrian president assad. >> we would interfere to put an end to the chemical weapons. >> what kind of milita
and then karl rove on what president obama should do about the human rights violations in syria. the factor will be right back. bottom bill continuing with lead story. the civil rights industry refusing to confront the real problem in america. joining us from washington, juan williams, mary katharineham is on maternity leave. all right, juan, what say you? >> i just want to say thank you because that was a terrific, terrific memo. that's in the spirit of dr. king asking where do we go from here dr. king would not cry over the awful lyrics and bad schools. he would act. he would stand up. that's the tradition of dr. king. stand up and act against bad schools that are condemning these kids to useless lives because they never have an opportunity to climb that ladder of upward mobility. the civil rights challenge of this generation is ed's occasion and dr. king would never allow anybody to buy his silence, to buy him off. to sell out the kids. that's what's happening right now. i look today at some of the reports on union spending, it's unbelievable. aft. aft and affiliates in new york tens of
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